THATCamp thoughts from newbie

I thoroughly enjoyed my first THATCamp. I was a bit nervous, since I am from the LIS rather than the AH community, I do not have mad coding skills, and I assumed I would be on the older side. Well, I would now recommend a THATCamp to anyone. I felt like I was part of a community that had a common interest in learning and sharing. Even the workshops were not “teacher to student”, but peer to peer. There was no pressure at THATCamp to be an expert, all contributions were valued and respected, and you could just observe if you wanted to, but there was no barrier to participation either. At other conferences the formal sessions are usually sparsely attended because the real networking is happening in the hallways and bars, whereas at THATCamp the hallways were deserted during sessions, and the session rooms were buzzing. I participated in conversations about linked data, digital humanities project support, the role of libraries, and comics (about which I knew nothing). I took workshops on WordPress plugins, hybrid mobile design, and ViewShare. I ate far too many of the delectable Panera pastries I have been deliberately avoiding at home. I played a decoding game with the mysterious AgentQueue. I walked away with new friends, some great teaching ides for my digital libraries class, a bunch of new people to follow on Twitter, a t-shirt, many session Google Docs for further exploration, and a determination to turn my friends on to THATCamp New England and CHNM next year. Thanks to all the hard working folk who put this together, and to the sponsors.

About candy.schwartz

I am a green-card-carrying resident alien, born in Toronto and raised in Montreal. I have a BA (linguistics) and an MA (library science) from McGill, and a PhD in information transfer from Syracuse. I have been teaching in the library and information science program at Simmons College in Boston since 1980 (I am on the older side of the demographic) and I introduced many of the tech courses there (web design, database management, information architecture, digital libraries, and our "boot camp" tech competency), usually before they were standard elements of any LIS curriculum. Along with the IT department (which consisted of a wonderful guy named Brian), I created the first Web site for my program (and myself) in the early 90s. Outside of work, my passions are Middle-earth, roots music (specifically western and northern European), red pandas, and travel.